Making his spring debut Monday,
Saazar looked great in his intrasquad appearance Friday and had his start pushed up to Monday after originally being scheduled to make his debut Tuesday. He is coming off a breakout end-of-season performance for the Indians after going 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 65:15 K:BB ratio in 52 innings in 2013.
Weaver had allowed just one earned run in seven innings before being touched up for three earned runs Monday, but he also upped his strikeout rate considerably after punching out just three batters in his first two appearances. He has posted a 3.18 and 8:4 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Doctors will evaluate the MRI on
Medlen suffered a forearm injury Sunday and the Braves are preparing as if Medlen will have to miss significant time, though more will be known after Tuesday's evaluation. With Brandon Beachy also suffering an injury Monday and Mike Minor attempting to be ready for the beginning of the regular season after offseason surgery, the Braves rotation is looking pretty thin.
Russell came on as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning and went 1 for 2 while scoring two runs before exiting with the injury. The top prospect is 7 for 25 with three RBI in 12 games this spring.
Pacheco has been battling shoulder fatigue this spring, and Monday's hit was his first in three at-bats. He hadn't played since March 1 before Monday's 1-for-1 performance.
McGill recorded two outs Monday without giving up a hit or a walk, and he finishes his spring with one earned run in 5 2/3 innings along with six strikeouts and two walks.
Boscan went 1 for 4 with two walks in five games, while Frias surrendered three earned runs on four hits and one walk without recording an out Monday, leaving him with a 15.00 ERA. Harris went 0 for 1 Monday and finishes camp 3 for 19 with three walks. Robinson also went 0 for 1 Monday and ends his spring 8 for 23 with one home run.
It was Grandal's first appearance of the spring as he continues to recover from knee surgery, which ended his 2013 season prematurely. The team will continue to move cautiously with his recovery as he aims to be ready for opening day.
"I threw a lot of strikes, made my pitches," Morales told MLB.com. "Sometimes you miss your pitch, and that's when you get hit."
Morales didn't allowed an earned run in five innings over his first two appearances before taking the loss Monday. He owns a 3.68 ERA and 9:2 K:BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings this spring.
"[Cashner] had good velocity and good movement to his two-seamer," manager Bud Black told MLB.com. "He did a good job keeping the ball down with his two-seamer."
Cashner is 2-0 over three outings and has yet to allow a run or a walk this spring while striking out six batters and surrendering eight hits.
Perez went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA in 53 innings last season, striking out 74 and walking 26 with the Mariners in 2013.